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Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet Review
What a rehabilitation success story: a former prison just steps from Topkapı Palace and Aya Sofya is now one of Istanbul's premier accommodations, where rooms and suites are luxuriously outfitted and overlook the Sea of Marmara, the Old City, or a manicured interior courtyard. The rooftop terrace, A'ya Lounge, offers spectacular views of the Aya Sofya and other monuments and is the perfect place to have a drink and watch the sun set; the glass-enclosed Seasons Restaurant in the central courtyard is one of the area's few fine dining venues.
Unexpected Jailhouse Splendor
It's not just anywhere that you can stay in a former prison outfitted with world-class amenities and service fit for a sultan. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul offers all the livable luxury the brand is known for in a century-old, neoclassical building that once housed some of Turkey's most illustrious prisoners (whose graffiti you can still glimpse on the premises). The hotel's location, smack-dab in the middle of the ancient Sultanahmet district, just steps from the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, is unbeatable. Relax in the peaceful interior garden courtyard, cocktail in hand, as you listen to the call to prayer echo from the famous Blue Mosque nearby.
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